The project is a slipper. I bought some leather slipper soles from Regia and am using the Wonder Why alpaca/merino that I spun during the tour de fleece to knit the upper boot bot that you sew on. I may have to use something else for the bottom of the boot as I think I will run out, this is good as it means I can stash dive. It is knitting up beautifully, it is so soft and has even coped with being ripped out twice. I can't wait to wear these.
The book is a bit of background reading for my new job. That's right I have a new job, wahooo! I have not finished my PhD yet, but need something to help pay the bills *cough cough fund pretty yarn purchases* while I finish writing up, so when my riding instructor said she was looking for someone to do a few hours in the week I snapped the offer up. It still leaves plenty of time for uni work so it is perfect. Might cut into the knitting time though :(.
I didn't start learning to ride until I was 24, so I missed out on all the pony club knowledge and had a bit of a panic on Monday night that all I knew how to do was sit on a horse and point it in vaugely the right direction. I picked up this book from The Works (sidenote- see how that shop comes up a lot? I love bargain books!) and had a bit of a read through which helped a lot. At least I didn't turn up feeling like I knew nothing, still lots to learn though!
The book is good, lots of colour pictures and loads of information. It does focus on the riding information, which is handy and I will have a proper read through of that later, but there is a little care and stable management info too.
Yesterday was my first day, it went well, at least I asusme it did, I was told I could go back today, so that is a good sign :D